Quora and Blog Promotion

Dear Brian,
What are some supportive online blogging groups for teenagers where I can promote my blog and receive reviews?

PS I am not on Facebook so that’s not an option.

Also, this is my blog:
thisiridescentlife.wordpress.com

Skip those. The only audience you’ll gain is other bloggers, who are only following your blog to sell you something. You can’t get a like without liking someone else’s blog, and then search algorithms and people just see you as one piece in a large net of probably-not-good material.

I clicked the link and recall seeing talk about this site on Quora earlier. The pics still aren’t showing, and you’ll need to fix that. Follow their support pages, and ask them if there are any issues. Your site is hosted on their servers and they can troubleshoot it for you: Uploading Images

If you’re looking to gain traffic, you have to build organic search traffic. Social media marketing, etc. is good for temporary bursts to supplement organic search traffic, but that’s what everyone is trying to acquire, and it’s not easy (because you’re competing with everyone).

On a technical level, you have to use focused keywords. Yoast is a great WordPress plug-in to check this.

yoast.com

SEO Tools • Yoast

After installing Yoast (read Managing Plugins if you don’t know how), each time you post, you’ll be asked to enter a focus keyword. When you save your draft, it will display a simple Green (good), Yellow (good enough), or Red (bad) “light” on the page to let you know how well that particular post focuses on that keyword.

It will then list every single factor that led to that decision (grammar, readability, keyword richness, keyword in title, keyword in URL, etc.). After fixing up a few posts, you’ll gain the experience necessary to know how to write for the Internet.

Here are a few notes I have from looking at your page:

1 – The header photo is too big. It takes up the entire screen, and I have to scroll down to even begin seeing what you post. Experiment with different free themes to find one that doesn’t detract from your blog posts.

2 – Your posts aren’t categorized. You need to go through each post and categorize what they’re about (Categories vs. Tags). This is how you figure out what your blog is actually about, and “Teenagers” is only a general overview. Take Huffington Post for example – it’s a news blogging site, but when you go to their homepage, it doesn’t just say “News,” then list a bunch of news stories. Instead, you can click on “Politics,” “Business,” etc. Scrolling through your blog, I saw two posts about health, one about travel, and one about music. Those are three categories you could use (though stick to what interests you). Your title tells me “this blog is from a teen about teen issues,” and the categories would clue me in as to what subjects this teen is discussing. Teens have 24/7 lives and the term encapsulates everything teen. I don’t know what your blog is about without categories.

3 – Once you categorize everything, you have to list those categories in the menu. So instead of just “Home” and “About,” I’ll also be able to navigate specifically to the category of teen issues I’m interested in. Right now the only way I can read your blog is sequentially, and I won’t scroll through more than a post or two before I get bored and leave your site forever.

4 – To enrich keywords on your site, go back through what you’ve written and find places to explain things. In your BreakDown posts, you mention OCD, but left an SEO opportunity on the table. Don’t assume your reader knows what OCD is – explain it in a quick sentence or two (or even link to a reputable site that describes OCD). That gives me a chance to learn more about OCD to understand why it’s affecting you in the way you describe.

5 – Once you’ve cleaned everything up, start submitting these blogs to other sites as guest posts. For example, HuffPost Teen (Teen News, Teen Opinion, High School News) may enjoy a post from a teenager on the difficulties faced when there’s so much pressure put on you to be flawless by everyone else. That’s a real thing many of us have experienced, and you can be a part of that conversation just by submitting what you’re already doing to them. Of course, check the site out and get a feel for what everyone else is doing. You may even find ideas for more things to write.

6 – You’re writing your blog as a journal, and that’s perfectly fine. It’s being presented as personal opinion, which is also known as editorials. When you pitch stories to anyone external, pitch them as blogs or editorials, not as journalism.

I hope that helps, and you’re doing a good job at what you’re doing. These are just tips to help you take what you’re doing to the next level and monetize it, which is what it sounds like you’re trying to do.

If that’s the case, the above will increase your traffic over time, but to make money, you have to sign up for affiliate programs to get ads on your site that you control.

WordPress doesn’t allow Google AdWords because they have their own WordAds program. You can, however, input ads from Amazon Affiliates, Rakuten Affiliates, Commission Junction, etc.

The more you write, the better of a writer you’ll become, the bigger your network will get, and the more opportunities you’ll find to get paid as a writer, assuming that’s what you want to do.

Good luck.

Dear Brian,
Can using Quora help bloggers promote their own blog?

I see that there are many bloggers and Internet marketers using Quora to answer questions and post blogs. Does posting links actually help bloggers get more traffic from Quora? How is a blogging site such as Quora helpful for someone that already has a personal website with a blog?
Every so often I see a link to a blog on Quora that didn’t annoy me, but on the whole, it’s just misguided marketing.

Posting links isn’t what you should be focusing on. Posting a link on Quora isn’t going to give you a huge traffic boost unless you’re supplying high-quality answers, which most of these people never do.

It’s always “Here’s a half-assed answer barely related to what you asked, now click my blog,” or “Hey, can anyone read my blog and tell me ____,” or “I’m the leading expert in everything, but to learn anything, click my blog.”

These are all desperate attempts to gain traffic, and no reader will actually do that. Not one human being has ever thought, “Oh hey, this half-assed marketer seems like someone I want to learn everything from and continue coming to for advice!”

People who post these stupid thing are simply reading what SEO snake-oil salesman online say they should do. Do not do it. Everyone hates it and will hate you. It’ll take less than 1 minute for any legitimate professional to fully dismiss these complete idiots.

This technique shows how lazy and ignorant the blogger/marketing professional is, and they’re not providing the in-depth answer wanted by person asking. The only way to build a following on Quora is to provide in-depth answers.

Think of how you use it as a reader. What do you look for and how do you browse?

Whenever an answer catches my eye, I read it through, like it, and check out that person’s profile. If they were interesting enough, I google them. That’s how I would end up on their site – not by clicking some ridiculous link they tried to bait me into clicking.

Think about it – have you ever read one of Jimmy Wales or Mark Zuckerberg’s answers, and seen them linking to Wikipedia and Facebook? Have you ever read one of their answers and then visited their websites?

Facebook and Wikipedia are two of the most heavily trafficked sites on the internet, and the people running them give in-depth and detailed answers. That’s why we like them – they’re not half-assing an answer or copying content from their sites. Nobody ever said, “You should seriously read Jimmy Wales’s answers on Quora. You’ll learn how to find Wikipedia!”

They’re answering real questions like real people and they’re respecting their readers as intelligent people. When you just post a link with the intent of drawing traffic, we literally ALL notice it and think you’re pathetic.

Brian Penny Versability whistleblower anonymous blue eyesBrian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. His work has appeared in High Times, Huffington Post, Fast Company, Hardcore Droid, The Street, and Lifehack.

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Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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